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August 4, 2016

By Iulia Gheorghiu

Watchdog Launches Criminal Investigation into Gold King Mine Spill



Colorado Animas River Toxic Mine Spill The EPA Office of Inspector General launched a criminal investigation into the Animas River toxic spill from the Gold King Mine in Colorado. The investigation was announced nearly a year after the spill.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Energy and Natural Resources, Contract Oversight

July 28, 2016

By Neil Gordon

Watchdog Finds Uneven Assessment of Army Contractors



U.S. Army Contractor Tanks Billions of taxpayer dollars are at risk of waste because of the U.S. Army’s failure to consistently follow the rules for evaluating the performance of its contractors, according to a new report by the Pentagon’s inspector general.

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Topics: Contract Oversight

July 26, 2016

By Neil Gordon

$43 Million Gas Station a “Can of Worms” Says Sen. Grassley



Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) Senator Chuck Grassley gave Defense Secretary Ashton Carter one month to explain how and why the Pentagon repudiated its own cost estimate of a gas station construction project in Afghanistan.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

July 18, 2016

By Nicholas Pacifico

Improper Payments: $1 Trillion of Simple Mistakes



Money Payments Dollars Sign 120 The federal government’s improper payments have cost taxpayers over $1 trillion since 2003.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Open Government

July 7, 2016

By Lexi Curnin

IG Shows Pantex Contractor Underreporting Maintenance Issues



Photograph of an aerial view of Pantex The Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Energy determined stronger federal oversight of the Pantex contractor is needed.

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Topics: National Security, Contract Oversight

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